Y’all I can’t begin to tell you how excited I am for this bonus post.
Something that I really want my blog to focus on is really experiencing the awesome places, people and things to see and do in Nashville and soon to be DC (#dosedoesDC).
This week I am talking about one of my favorite artists and a dear, dear friend – Katie Neal!
This cute little duo hangs in my bedroom in Nashville.
Her art is seriously AMAZING. A few weeks ago, over a couple of glasses of wine and Bachelor in Paradise, we discussed her art. Here is our interview!
Cara Sanders: What would you describe your artistic style as?
Katie Neal: I would definitely say abstract right now even though it could change in the future. I used to say non- representational, but I think in a way my paintings do have the potential to represent something even if I did not intend them to in the first place. I love hearing from other people what my paintings remind them of or what they think they see. For me, painting is how I decompress and my time to not have to think about anything, which is why I paint abstractly. I’m not thinking about anything or trying to convey messages or meanings when I’m painting because it is my time to be mindless and creative.
CS: Where do you find your inspiration for your art?
KN: I research and look at a lot of other artists and their work. I like to read about their processes and their inspirations. A lot of my inspiration comes from looking at other art and drawing inspiration from their work.
CS: What do you think makes your art unique and true to you?
KN: I think my paintings are unique because instead of trying to convey a topic or trying to paint something full of meaning and concepts, I really like to paint to explore the physicality of paint. I like to experiment with the materials, and I focus on the formal and aesthetic aspects of painting rather than conceptual ones.
CS: What is the best part about being an artist?
KN: The best thing about being an artist is that I have a creative outlet, and painting provides me with a way to relax and decompress. I also have such an appreciation for anything that involves any kind of art whether it is music, decorating, designs, patterns and other paintings. I just appreciate other people’s creative processes and like to learn from them and talk about what their processes are. This always inspires me to try new things when I’m painting.
CS: What are your plans for the future?
KN: Right now, I am working as a pre schoolteacher, but eventually I would love to teach art or work in museum education. I am in the process of receiving a masters of art in Art Education so I am excited about that. I would also love one day to just work solely as an artist.
CS: What is your creative process like?
KN: My creative process involves a lot of research. I read about other artists and look at their work sometimes more than I actually execute work. I am really not into drawing or sketching so my prep work involves a lot of mixing colors and exploring different techniques.
CS: What is the best advice you have ever received in terms of your art?
KN: I have definitely learned some cool technique stuff by accident or learning from a class or something, but I think the best advice I received is how important it is to paint every single day. Even though this doesn’t always apply to everyone and it’s not exactly groundbreaking advice, it absolutely is something I have to employ because my technical and creative processes would suffer. I make a lot that paintings that never see the light of day or I paint over and over them constantly. I fail at trying new techniques much more than I succeed which is why it is so important for me to set aside that time everyday and make it a habit.
CS: How has your style changed over the years?
KN: I used to be really into printmaking in high school and I also loved to collage, but once I got to college and started painting that’s what I landed on. I think that I used to be focused on finding out what it was that I was interested in painting when in fact I was just interested in the physical qualities of paint itself. When I realized that, my work went into an abstract and more colorful direction.
Neal’s art hanging in local dentist office – Roach Family Dentistry
CS: Where can we find your work?
KN: I have a website www.katienealart.squarespace.com that is still a work in progress. My Instagram account is katieneal_art and for the rest of this month my work is in the Frothy Monkey at the downtown location. Also, on September 27th I will be in the Raw Artist Show at City Winery that will be really fun! You can buy tickets here: https://www.rawartists.org/nashville/verve.